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YOUTH SWIMMING

SWIMMING IS A LIFE SKILL!

The YMCA has long been America’s favorite swimming instructor. Whether just learning how to swim, improving strokes, swimming competitively or taking water exercise classes, members are in safe hands with our certified swimming instructors and lifeguards. All ages – from infants to seniors – can learn to swim.

GROUP SWIM LESSONS

SESSION DATES:
SPRING 2: Registration begins April 19 // Session begins May 3
SUMMER 1: TBD

Capacity is limited, so register early to secure your spot. All Wallingford Family YMCA Covid-19 safety protocols apply. Before visiting our facilities, please review our policies.

PRIVATE & SEMI-PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS ARE ALWAYS ENROLLING!

Private Swim Lessons for preschoolers, youth and adults are scheduled at the convenience of the individual, instructor, and pool availability. 

A / Water Discovery

Parents accompany children in stage A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.

B / Water Exploration

In stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

1 / Water Acclimation

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming. This class can be taken with or without a parent.

2 / Water Movement

In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

3 / Water Stamina

In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

4 / Stroke Introduction

Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.

5 / Stroke Development

Students in stage 5 work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.

6 / Stroke Mechanics

Students focus on technique for all major competitive strokes. In this stage, the focus is on the following milestones:

  • Developing endurance in the competitive strokes
  • Developing skills related to competitive swimming like flip turns
  • Enhancing skills and building endurance in deep water

Aquatic Conditioning

Students focus on continuing to build endurance & technique on all major competitive strokes. In this program, the focus is on the following milestones:

  • Developing endurance in the competitive strokes
  • Developing skills related to competitive swimming, like flip turns, starts & finishes
  • Enhancing skills and building endurance

Private Swim Lessons

Lessons with an instructor to a student ratio of 1:1, 1:2 or 1:4 can be requested and scheduled with the Aquatics Department. Click here for more information.